Pat Baillie – Board President
California born, Pat Baillie is a retired Air Force Major and a trainer by profession. Her work with the LGBTQ Community and Diversity are highlights of her career. On the leather side, she was Ms San Jose Leather 1995 and then IMsL 1995. She worked to build community through LeatherWomen United, Albuquerque Pride, Consent Counts and producing Rio Grande Leather in Albuquerque, NM. She is the current Board President of the IMsL Foundation focusing on women’s leadership development, digitizing our history and creating quality education. She is a boy at heart and is in service to Lady Sharrin.
Beckie Bowen – Treasurer
Beckie is very proud to say that she was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She simultaneously came out as leather and as a dyke, and has been active in the leather community for about 25 years. Daddy, Sir, Owner, Top Sadist, and Science Geek, Beckie identifies as all of them! She also identifies more as masculine than feminine, however, she does her best to embody the best qualities of both, and is comfortable with whichever set of pronouns people are most comfortable using.
Beckie is a Scientist by education, and has had a long work history in Finance and Customer Satisfaction. She was Founder and President of the first Lesbian Sorority at San Jose State University. Overcoming lack of support from one of the leading diversity specialists who told Beckie that she could never get a group of lesbians to work together…Beckie did it anyway. She has volunteered for countless Leather events over her 25 years in the community. She has been in key lead roles at events such as IMsL, Northwest Leather Celebration, and Folsom Fringe, in addition to being on the Board of smOdyssey as Treasurer. Beckie is currently the Director of Registration and Finance for the IMsL/IMsBB Weekend and Board member for the PRIDE Diversity Network in her day job at one of the top Fortune 500 companies.
Beckie is looking forward to beginning a new chapter of community involvement by joining the Board of the IMsL Foundation. She is planning to not only help preserve our history…but to hopefully have a little fun while we make more of it!
Julie Spanks – Secretary
Passionate pervert, dynamic Daddy’s grrl, community-minded Leather Woman and femme Top collared and married to her husbutch, Dr Evil. Julie has been kinky before she even knew it was a thing and when she finally found community in 2004 she dove right into the deep end. A successful dungeon owner of seven years, heavily involved in the Portland community and Leather Leadership, Julie relocated 4 years ago to the Great City of Salt to be closer to her Daddy, Dr Evil, where she happily lives a 24/7 lifestyle.
Board member and President of the Portland Leather Alliance, 2009-2011
Educational Director for Kinkfest, 2011 & 2012
Oregon Leather Woman of the Year 2011, Blackout Leather Productions
Owner and Proprietress of the dungeon formerly known as The Conservatory
Tony Mayes – Board Member
Tony is a queer identified switch-Daddy who lives in Tulsa, OK, where he’s been active in the local & regional Leather/Kink community since 2007. He currently serves as Education Coordinator for the IMsL Foundation, and is an Alumni member of the Tulsa Uniform & Leather Seekers Association (T.U.L.S.A.).
He has had the privilege of judging, tallying, judges-boy’ing, and den-staffing at numerous Leather events, and helped produce the Oklahoma Mr. Leather contest weekend from 2008-2014. He was also awarded the Pantheon of Leather award for the South Central region in 2015.
Tony is a lover of cats, bootblacks, and facilitating shenanigans for friends & family. He enjoys traveling to Leather/kink events across the country, awkwardly flirting with people along the way.
Ms V – Board Member
Pony – Board Member
GirlComplex, IMsL 2017 – Board Member
Elisa, IMsBB 2017 – Board Member
Elisa is your 2017 International Ms. Bootblack, 2016 Great Lakes Bootblack and 2015 Michigan Community Bootblack and is a founder of the Detroit Area Bootblacks’ Laboratory. She is a member of the gender-inclusive Michigan Band of Brothers and holds leadership positions in the Board of Education, a kinky, pansexual educational organization in metro Detroit. She is a past judge of the 25th anniversary of International Mr. Bootblack and International Pup/Trainer. She educates as well as bootblacks. She is the co-host of Fevered Nights, a play party that is only serious about not being serious.
She is a radical sexual outlaw who disdains hierarchy who is best described as a contrarian leather anarchist. She is a body positive, polyamorous feminist. She is a fuzzy femme piglet who demands authentic and intimate relationships that involve degradation, objectification and pain, done with love and affection.
Jen Laws – Board Member
Jen Laws is an independent policy consultant and advocate specializing in various aspects of public health policy and focusing on the needs of the HIV Affected and Transgender communities. With a fiery drive, he is deeply passionate about approaching spaces of sexual freedom advocacy that are typically “sanitized” in academia from a place of expanding meaningful access to sexual health/reproductive justice as a peer first. “The work we do dictates how people live, love, fuck, and die. It is incumbent upon us to ‘bleed’ some of ourselves into this work if we are to achieve the Justice we so trumpet.
Tyesha Best – Board Member
Tyesha Best is a Queer, Femme, Poly, Switch flourishing within her Leather Community for over 10 years now. Her pronouns are her, hers, she and they. She started in online chat rooms before taking her interests offline while going to school for Music. She has done community work for TNG, NLA-Dallas, Fresh Leather, NLA-I, WILL, WILF, Beyond Vanilla, Gender Odyssey, Onyx Pearls and many other organizations.
Tyesha works tirelessly as cheerleader and advocate for marginalized populations, Bootblacks, and the girl identity. Currently, Tyesha is currently Media Director of IML Inc, one of very few women to wear the Wingman as a back patch. She is also Asst. Editor in Chief of leatherati.com. She also holds a Pantheon Of Leather award for the Florida Region and a winner of the NLA-International’s Steve Maidhof Award for her community involvement Internationally. Tyesha is also an Onyx Pearl and an avid fan and support of both Onyx and Onyx Pearls and enjoys spending time with her siblings.
Tyesha believes in intersectional activism and involves herself in LGBTQIA as well as BIPOC advancement frequently using her leadership roles and education opportunities. Tyesha currently resides in Wilton Manors, Florida, enjoying her career as a flight attendant and is in a loving family including Sir Kirk Rubén, Alpha William Ferkel.